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Eleanor McDaniel

Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, CASAC
New York
Addiction-Substance abuse-Anxiety-Depression-Relationships-Creative blockages-
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Professional statement

Eleanor McDaniel is a licensed and board certified creative arts psychotherapist, as well as a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor. She supports individuals facing low self-esteem, life transitions, relationship issues and general anxiety/depression. She specializes in helping people who are struggling with addictive substances and behaviors. This includes alcohol/substance misuse, as well as relational (sex and love) and process (gambling, pornography, shopping, food, internet) addictions. She helps to maneuver all phases of recovery, from curiosity to long term sobriety and offers alternative ways of coping with stress and uncomfortable emotions.

Many of Eleanor's clients are creative professionals such as actors, dancers, musicians and artists, who are examining how their personal and professional lives relate to their creativity. Creative blockage can often be a byproduct of depression and anxiety, so talk therapy can be especially helpful in exploring underlying emotions and limiting beliefs. If clients are interested Eleanor integrates art therapy into sessions as a way to relax and express feelings that are difficult to talk about.

Before opening her private practice, Eleanor began her career running cognitive behavioral and art therapy groups on Rikers Island Correctional Facility and spent many years as a counselor at an outpatient substance abuse treatment program in Brooklyn. Due to her wide areas of experience Eleanor is able to incorporate many styles of therapy into sessions based on each individual's experience. These forms of therapy can include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and Creative Arts Therapy.

Currently Eleanor is seeing clients remotely through video and phone calls. She is usually based out of her office in Williamsburg, Brooklyn steps away from the Bedford Ave subway station.

Message to clients

My top priority is to create a place where you feel comfortable, seen and safe. Our positive connection is absolutely crucial to your ability to explore and transform your life. Through supportive listening and care I will encourage you to be authentic in a place free from judgment. If you feel that we would be a good fit, I invite you to reach out!

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 years

Artistic Recovery Therapy (Private Practice)
Linda Garcia Rose & Associates (Private Group Practice)
New Directions Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Treatment Center, Art Therapist/Staff Counselor
The Osborne Association, Rikers Island Correctional Facility, Lead Cognitive Skills Facilitator/Art Therapist

New York University, Master of Arts, Art Therapy, 2011
Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC, Bachelor of Arts, Painting and Drawing concentration, 2002


New York: 001852 - New York: 36067




Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Creative blockages - Setting goals and creating road maps to move beyond perfectionism, procrastination, and self-doubt; building self-awareness and skills to accomplish goals and fuel creativity


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Eleanor McDaniel is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$175 (45min)
  • Sliding scale:$125 - $175
  • Initial session:$150 (45min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly